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Recommend me some safe central London cycle routes to ride for fun.

Is it possible to do boris-biking for fun and exercise? I'm visiting the capital next week, and looking for recommendations of very quiet or ideally traffic-free routes in London - central enough to be able to do in a series of <30m boris-bike hires. Hyde Park and Regents Park are obvious options - are there any others?
posted by handee on Sep 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Breaker breaker, what's your twenty?

Are there wireless radios and microphones appropriate for bicyclists to communicate with each other?? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Aug 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Best respirator for winter cycling?

What's the best (okay, a good) respirator for bicycling through winter inversion? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Aug 26, 2011 - 7 answers

Bicycle tires -- a primer for commuters..

Tell me everything I need to know about tires and tubes for my new daily commute on a bicycle! [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel on Aug 20, 2011 - 22 answers

What are some good places for cycling around Hudson, NY?

I'm spending a couple of weeks in Hudson, NY and I brought my bike with me, hoping for some nice rides along some quiet country roads. However, after scouting the area by car, I'm having second thoughts - the traffic around here is quite heavy! Do you know of some good places for riding a bike around Hudson, Columbia County and vicinity? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Aug 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Wanted: Non-sweet energy gels

Wanted: Non-sweet energy gels [more inside]
posted by statsgirl on Aug 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Bike trainer for someone with a knee problem?

Which wind trainer would be ok for me, given my injured knee and fairly limited budget? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Jul 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Theft prevention strategies for bike lights

How do I keep my bike light from getting stolen? [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton on Jul 26, 2011 - 21 answers

Terribly confused looking for a bike

What should I be looking for in buying a bike? [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Jul 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Heave ho, mateys. Help me cycle across water. Lake Michigan, to be precise.

Seeking water crossing from Upper Peninsula (Michigan) to Washington Island (Door County, Wisconsin). [more inside]
posted by letahl on Jul 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Virginia Creeper Trail: Virtual TrailGuide Wanted

Virginia Creeper Trail: Hints and Hacks! [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jul 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Help keep my phone safe on bike rides.

I'd like to take my smartphone (HTC Hero) with me when I'm cycling and use it as a trip computer. Problem: I'm nervous that I'll be taking it home in pieces. Are there any smartphone bike mounts that will secure my Hero to the bike as well as protect it in the event that I crash?
posted by talkingmuffin on Jul 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Where can I watch the Tour de France in Portland?

Where can I watch Tour de France coverage in Portland on July 2nd? [more inside]
posted by bradbane on Jun 25, 2011 - 1 answer

Cycling Holidays in Europe?

Anyone have suggestions for awesome, beginner cycling vacations in Europe? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jun 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me choose the right lenses for my sunglasses

What combination of lenses should I buy for my new Oakley Flak Jackets, for year-round cycle commuting? [more inside]
posted by genesta on Jun 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Cogs are meant to rotate forward, not move left and right.

I had to remove the cassette on my rear wheel to replace a broken spoke. There is now a small amount of movement between the cogs. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Jun 15, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me stay off the bus this summer!

YANMD: Recently I've been experiencing terrible leg soreness/fatigue when riding my bike. It starts almost immediately, and lasts through the whole ride (longest stretch is about 3 or 4 miles through the city). I'm looking for suggestions for lessening or preventing it, so that I can continue to ride around town. [more inside]
posted by swingbraid on Jun 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Been hit by a bus... What next?

This morning I was hit by a bus while cycling to work. I'm not badly hurt but currently in hospital waiting to have my shoulder checked and cuts cleaned out. I'm in London, England. The bus driver was 100% to blame. The police have taken a statement from me and I have two phone numbers from witnesses. What should I be doing now to make sure I receive adequate compensation and the driver is dealt with appropriately?
posted by ascullion on Jun 13, 2011 - 12 answers

Newbie to Spin Class

Recently discovered spinning and am LOVING it as a workout. Any long time spinners have any tips for success? How many times a week should a person spin? Does it really burn crazy amounts of calories? (130 pound woman) Any other info for the newbie? Thanks so much!
posted by Equiprimordial on Jun 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Cycle computer for a nerd?

Fat nerd gets mountain bike. Fat nerd wants to nerd out with his derp out by having the nerdiest cycle computer on the block, but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jun 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Bicycle routes in Vancouver BC

Cycling visit to Vancouver BC. Where should I stay, where should I ride? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Jun 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Cycling newbie looking for things to read

I just bought a racing bike. I know next to nothing about cycling. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by wolfr on May 28, 2011 - 16 answers

cycling to Stonehenge or Avebury?

Looking for a bit of info about cycling Salisbury-Stonehenge or Swindon-Avebury... [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on May 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Shimano derailleur is derailing me all right...

Help a cycling newbie's bike love her as much as she loves it! I think I have a problem with my Shimano derailleur. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on May 23, 2011 - 12 answers

The Road to RAGBRAI

Suggestions for a RAGBRAI newbie? Mid-forties male, experienced bicycle rider, working on getting into shape for the ride. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on May 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Riding the roads of northern New Jersey

Help me figure out where to ride my road bike in northern New Jersey. I'm looking for a 20- to 30-mile ride in a rural(ish) area--or at least some place where there are as few cars as possible. [more inside]
posted by bassomatic on Apr 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Mental Biking

Tips on getting mentally prepared for my first mountain bike race. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Portugal by cycle

Trying to plan a June bicycling trip in Portugal that either ends or begins in Coimbra. Does anyone have any experience cycling in Portugal? What are the good books? Any tips? My google-fu has failed me, and I can only seem to find places which want to take me on guided bike tours. [more inside]
posted by pmb on Apr 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Packhorse on Wheels

I ride my bike about 50-70 miles a day, but now I'd like to be able to carry a minimal amount of overnight camping gear and hiking boots with me. How can I do this while keeping the weight balanced and without breaking my back?
posted by HotPatatta on Apr 8, 2011 - 14 answers

What should I look for in a mid-range commuter bike?

What should I look for in a mid-range commuter bike? And where should I buy one in Oxford, UK? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz on Apr 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Where should a cyclist live in Austin?

I'm moving back to Austin, but I'm not sure where to live. Partner will be working downtown and I'll be working in the campus area. However, since I've been gone I've really gotten into cycling and that weighs heavily upon the decision. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Mar 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Fuelly for the prospective cyclist

Your recommended diet for a prospective daily bicycle commuter is requested. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Mar 27, 2011 - 21 answers

Walkable shoes and pedals for biking in light rain

I'd like some clipless pedals and corresponding shoes that are moderately walkable, have some float, and are dual-sided. What pedal system and shoe do I want? The more specific, the better. [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Mar 22, 2011 - 18 answers

How do cyclists get along with laws outside of the US?

I recently found myself in the midst of some bike politics in NYC, and one of the adjunct arguments of the anti-bike crew goes something like "people on bikes are assholes who never follow laws." What's the relationship between cyclists and road laws in countries that aren't the US (or bike-ly-unusual parts of the US)? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Mar 14, 2011 - 37 answers

CHICAGO+BIKES+PARTYING=TWITTER NAME

I'm starting a Twitter account to help promote Chicago/Midwest cycling events, mostly to messy bike kids who like to ride, drink, and have fun. Alleycats, bar nights, bar rides, cyclocross, fundraisers, Messenger Prom, Bicycle Film Festival, Cycle Messenger World Championship, trick jams, etc. Help me think of a @name! [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Mar 1, 2011 - 22 answers

How do I rent a sag-wagon?

I'd like to rent a sag-wagon, and a sag-wagoneer, for a bike trip inside a national forest. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by daver on Feb 27, 2011 - 6 answers

New bike commuter with questions!

This past weekend, I purchased my first road bike. My long term goal is to cycle to/from work every day. I’ve taken the bike on a few exploratory rides, been humbled by my general fitness level, and came away with a number of questions I hope you all can answer. (Many more details inside. (This ended up much longer than I thought it would.)) [more inside]
posted by Barmecide on Feb 23, 2011 - 42 answers

I need an android navigation program that is more suited to my biking needs

I need an android navigation program that is more suited to my biking needs [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Feb 15, 2011 - 9 answers

Road bike clothing online discounter?

Unbranded & weirdly branded road cycling clothing: About four years ago I came across a website that was a clearance center for major road cycling clothing manufacturers. It sold a lot of jerseys and shorts that appeared to be excess items from custom-design production runs printed for odd cat2/cat3 teams in different countries around the world, printed with sponsorships for things like Colombian soda-pop companies, German pneumatics firms, etc. They had a lot of jerseys that would normally be $75-100/ea going for around $30 a piece. I lost the URL and am not even sure if the company is still in business (iirc it was a Yahoo! storefront). [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Feb 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Where in NYC can I go to work on my bicycle?

Where can I do bike maintenance in New York City? [more inside]
posted by pts on Jan 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for a nice place to run in SW Houston

Longer bicycle / walking trails near Sugar Land / southwest Houston? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Jan 11, 2011 - 10 answers

John O'Groats to Land's End equivalents

How do they walk cross country in your country? [more inside]
posted by muhonnin on Nov 13, 2010 - 22 answers

Why does spinning hurt my knees?

Why do my knees hurt after spinning, but running doesn't bother them? [more inside]
posted by Caz721 on Oct 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Learning to ride a bike in Amsterdam without terrorizing the locals

Learning to ride a bike in Amsterdam - what are my options? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Oct 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Riding 100km: advice?

Riding 100km: advice? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Oct 7, 2010 - 27 answers

weight times power plus tired legs equal the delta of ???

I rode in a century ride last Sunday, It took me 11:34 on a mountain bike, with a 20lb frame, if everything else was equal how much faster could I have completed the ride, if I had a top of the line road cycle?
posted by kanemano on Sep 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Help Me Do CT By Bike

I live in NYC (Brooklyn) and want to go on long (75-100 mile) scenic bike rides in pretty southern-ish Connecticut that I can get to from NYC. I don't have the slightest clue about where it might be nice to ride, and I can't seem to find any good long-distance routes online that involve a reasonable train ride or find any bike clubs that run rides in the Greenwich/Westport area. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Sep 7, 2010 - 10 answers

She can't pedal, but can she still ride?

We try to use our bikes as our main mode of transportation. We just adopted a wonderful (small) dog, and we'd like to see if there's a solution for putting a dog safely on a bike without the use of an expensive doggie trailer. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Sep 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Garmin eTrex Legend HCx with Open Street Map

Garmin eTrex Legend HCx with Open Street Map - anyone used it? [more inside]
posted by Dali Atomicus on Sep 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Racked with concern

I need help figuring out if a certain type of bike rack on the bus will be dangerous to use with my bike. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Sep 2, 2010 - 7 answers

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